DIY School Supply “Cake” (Back to School Gift Idea)

DIY School Supply

No eating this cake!

Are you looking for a creative way to donate school supplies to a deserving teacher and/or school? Check out this fun and easy-to-make tiered “cake” using school supplies!

The best part is you can use the supplies you have on hand as I did in my example, or you can use whatever you find on sale, or already have in your stockpile. What a great way to take advantage of all the amazing back to school deals we’ve been sharing here on Hip2Save!

school supplies for teacher gifts

School’s looking a little different this year…

I know what you’re thinking — “Is there even going to be a ‘traditional’ school year?” We know that teachers already invest so much into creating the perfect classroom for their students. So whether these supplies are able to be used at the start of the school year or will eagerly await students when things start to normalize, this gift is so thoughtful either way!

painting boxed with black paint

Crayola crayons packs attached to box with rubber bands

Sharpie markers attached to box with rubber bands

putting ribbon around Elmer's glue bottles

putting ribbon around school supply

DIY school supply

DIY School Supply "Cake"


Supplies Needed



Paint the boxes if desired and let dry.


Place two rubber bands around the middle of the largest bottom box and then place desired school supplies around the edges (under the rubber bands). I used 11 24-count boxes of Crayola crayons to cover the bottom box.


Stack and attach the middle box using heavy-duty mounting tape, and repeat the steps using rubber bands to hold school supplies. I used 13 bottles of Elmer’s School Glue to cover the middle layer, and stuck in a few pairs of kid scissors as a fun accent.


Repeat the same steps with the top box. It took me 49 Colorful Sharpie Markers to cover the top box, but you could also use highlighters, #2 pencils, dry erase markers, or any other school supply, really! Note: I decided not to use the lid for the top tier so it could hold the wipes and hand sanitizer inside instead.


Lastly, cover the rubber bands with decorative tape or ribbon.

School Supplies Tower Gift

This gift is just way too cute!

School supplies are appreciated by all teachers and this is such a fun and festive way to present all the goodies! I hope you’ll give it a shot, too. It’s sure to be appreciated by your child’s teacher, whether they’re in the classroom or not!

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